Working in Europe
Prepare to work in Europe
Get ready to work in Europe – 3 steps
Step 1 - Prepare your documents
To get security clearance for work with Military Family Services or PSP, you need to have the following documents ready:
- Copy of passport, SOFA or VISA stamp. You may need to get your stamp once you land in Europe.
- Another form of provincial or federal government-issued photo ID (birth certificate, driver’s licence, photo health card). If you do not have government photo ID, you must provide a third piece of photo ID (such as student card)
- Five years of resident addresses along with proof of address (mail, bill, T4,), exactly five years from the date you complete the form (ex: 24 Oct 2018 back to 24 Oct 2013).
- Proof of relevant education and professional qualifications (transcripts, diplomas, certificates)
- Proof of five years’ previous employment, (work agreements, T4s)
- A list of two references. Reference letters can augment your application.
Step 2 - Apply for security clearance
Reliability Status is the minimum requirement to work in Europe and Turkey.
- Complete the Reliability Screening Request Form for dependents of Canadian civilian component/CAF members to be eligible to work in Europe.
- Fill out the screening form for the Regional Civilian Personnel Office recruitment drive
- Submit your forms by email to [email protected]
Step 3 - Get familiar with the application process
Flow chart: The security clearance process
Tipsheet: Create a successful application
Poster: What to expect from a recruitment drive
Discover career training for military spouses and youth posted in Europe
Find a great job in Europe with this online training series
Access videos to help you improve your job search in Europe, write a resume and cover letter that wows employers and interview for career that aligns with your passion and expertise.
For CAF Youth: Get real-life work experience
Apply to the Youth Employment Preparation (YEP) Program to get real-life workplace training and employment opportunities in Europe.
Access your 2021-2022 INFORMATION PACKAGE AND Registration Form
Eligibility: Open to youth, aged 15-21, dependents of CAF members and support personnel posted in Europe. Canadian Armed Forces support personnel posted in Europe.
Gain the knowledge, skills and experience to make a successful transition into the labour market.
Move through a 4-step program:
Training Application Work Experience Evaluation
- Mandatory virtual training sessions or assignements
- Distinctive and progressive training for all participants
- Multiple assignments
- Completion of MFS job application and screening process
- Meaningful work experience
- Employers serving Canadian communities
- Paid summer employment
- Continuous job performance evaluation
- Program evaluation
- Lessons learned
Details on eligibility
1. Must be a dependent of Canadian Armed Forces members and Canadian Armed Forces Support personnel stationed in Europe:
a. Dependent is defined by NMR Directive 002/14, therefore eligible for NATO SOFA status
2. Youth between 15 to 21 years-old
a. Must be 16 by the start of the work term and can work only up to your 21st birthday
3. The applicant cannot be a diplomatic dependent, e.g. CDA or MPSS dependents.
4.. A Canadian citizen, cannot have dual citizenship in the country of employment and does not have dual citizenship in a “non-NATO” country.
5. Currently enrolled in full-time studies for the school year 2021-2022 and returning to full-time studies for the school year 2022-2023. The student can be enrolled in full-time studies in Canada, abroad or by distance.
*If you are still unclear about your eligibility for the program, verify your host nation's regulations on employment. Reach out to your local orderly room or contact us as we may be able to provide more guidance or direction on where you can acquire more detailed information.
ACCESS YOUR 2021-2022 INFORMATION PACKAGE AND Registration Form
Please contact our Employment, Education and Training Programs Coordinator for additional information.